Train Geek Alert: Illinois Railway Museum offers tour of Chicago Transit Authority’s "L" lines



Join the members of the Illinois Railway Museum as they tour the Chicago Transit Authority’s "L" lines on Sunday, March 28th, 2010. The four car train will consist of Chicago’s oldest cars in revenue service, the 2200-series cars built by Budd in and scheduled for replacement by the 5000-series cars now being built. Beginning at Rosemont station (River Road) on the Blue Line, the trip will travel on almost every line, plus lots of non-revenue and yard trackage.

This snowflake special excursion, using CTA’s 2200 series cars, is a fundraiser to secure indoor storage space for IRM’s 2000 series cars, sister cars to those shown here in their original green and white paint scheme on the Lake Street line.

Departure: 9:00am from Rosemont (Blue Line) station, at 5801 N. River Road in Rosemont. Parking is available in the Rosemont "Park & Ride" lot for $5. Riders may also board at Rosemont southbound at approximately 9:20am, Jefferson Park station (4917 N. Milwaukee Ave.) at approximately 9:35am, or Clark/Lake station (124 W. Lake Street) at approximately 10:05am; to board train at these alternate Blue Line stations, hold up ticket in plain view of motorman and excursion crew.

Fare: $42.00 per person. Orders received after March 20 will be held for pickup at Rosemont. No refunds after March 20, 2010.

Lunch: Lunch stops will be provided in the Loop.

Note: Because we are covering so many lines, the trip will conclude at Rosemont about 6:00 pm. We will make earlier stops upon request. The train is NOT wheelchair accessible.

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